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Common Materials for Mold Damage

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

In our homes, there are a large number of materials and objects that can foster mold growth.

Materials That Can Promote Mold Growth

Mold requires an organic food source to live on, in order to fuel its physical growth and reproductive processes. In nature, this is usually a tree or stump, or perhaps a dead or left-behind organism or its waste. However, in our homes, there are a large number of materials and objects that can foster mold growth. Humans and mold often share the same needs and materials, and some of the most-used parts of your home may be the perfect spot for a mold colony in waiting. At SERVPRO, we train our technicians to know about all the nooks and crannies that mold tends to favor so that we can flush it out thoroughly when sent in.
 
Wood
Wood homes often have the most potential locations for mold damage in Arlington. Wooden siding, walls, and floors are all not uncommon in the community, and each of these can develop significant amounts of mold growth. Furthermore, even if wood is not a primary material of the home, a home will usually utilize wooden columns, supports, window frames, cabinets, interior walls, and other features.
 
Fabrics
Fabrics are common throughout American homes, and in each of their common forms, they may develop mold growth. Fabrics make up our carpets, furniture, sheets, lamp shades, and more, and at the core of every fabric is a woven organic material which easily absorbs water. This makes fabrics of most types a hotbed for mold growth. At SERVPRO, we're always careful to make sure that fabrics are cleaned thoroughly, as shallow cleaning jobs can still hide small patches of mold.
 
Drywall and Building Materials
In addition to wood, many base materials of your home may be organic in nature or have an organic component. The most common example may be drywall, which is a common feature throughout many homes and is highly susceptible to mold growth. Fortunately, these surfaces are often a bit easier to clean than other materials, although they may be harder to find.
 
SERVPRO of Arlington is a locally owned and operated business with national resources to help relieve any local home or business of its mold problems. Call us 24/7 for services or a quote at (904) 721-2230.

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